Maryam sat by her husband as he pleaded with us, “Please let my wife come sew for you. You don’t even have to pay her. She is very sad and lonely.” Maryam came to us from a war torn country filled with violence. She lost her home, watched family members die, and lost her business – a tailor shop that she owned and ran. Maryam was quickly hired at Re:new. She was very quiet and withdrawn at first, but as she sewed and designed, her talent was recognized and praised. She made friends with other women who experienced losses like she had. Soon she was promoted and was designing and teaching others to sew. She shared with us her dream of owning her own business one day. With encouragement from her friends at Re:new, she began taking classes in fashion design at a local community college. She now owns her own business and has won many awards at her college for her skill at designing and sewing. If you had known her then, and now, you would hardly believe it was the same person.
Jodi Sweeney is committed to the success of nonprofit organizations. Her expertise and experience include all aspects of nonprofit resource development. She lives in Madison, WI. She is married to attorney Jack Sweeney and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. She is President of The Sweeney Group, a nationally recognized consulting firm that works with all types of nonprofit organizations.
Her commitment to nonprofit organizations has spanned more than 20 years, including executive and leadership positions with the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, Capital Fund Raising Committee, and Madison Community Foundation. She helped found the Junior League of Madison, WI., the Madison chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the National Association of School Foundations. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Honorary Committee of Susan G. Komen, Madison chapter.